Public access

Public Access Scheme

The Public Access Scheme allows members of the public to instruct a barrister directly. In the past it had been necessary for clients to use a solicitor or other third party in order to instruct a barrister. The process, which has been operating since 2004, can, where appropriate, save an individual considerable financial and administrative expense. This process is referred to as “Direct Access” or “Public Access”.

You can access a barrister in all of of our practice areas

Not all of our barristers are members of the Public Access Scheme so please see below for a list of those barristers at Six Pump Court qualified to accept instructions directly from a member of the public.

Advantages of instructing our barristers direct

By instructing direct, clients can have access to a potentially more economical and accessible service. There are significant cost savings to be made by instructing a barrister direct rather than going through a solicitor or other legal intermediary. Furthermore, by having the direct contact with the barrister, clients have the opportunity to achieve more control and involvement in their case.

Which areas of law are suitable for direct access?

Barristers are licensed under the Public Access Scheme across all of our practice areas. The full list of our barristers who are qualified to undertake this work is below. The links to each of their website profiles will provide more detail on the areas of law that they practice in. Alternatively you may contact the clerks or complete our online Enquiry Form and they will be able to recommend a barrister depending on the nature of your case.

Public Access services in the areas of law listed below are subject to specific price and service transparency regulatory requirements. Where a particular barrister accepts instructions in any of these areas of work their individual profile will display the required additional information.

  • Employment Tribunal
  • Financial disputes arising out of divorce
  • Immigration Appeals
    Inheritance Act advices
  • Licensing Appeals
  • Personal injury claims
  • Driving offences (summary only)
  • Winding up petitions

Is my case suitable under the Public Access Scheme?

If you are unsure as to whether your case is suitable, you can contact the clerks at Six Pump Court to discuss further.

You can also visit the Bar Standards Board website which has a useful document outlining the scheme for clients. To access this click here

The BSB also publish Guidance for members of the public (sometimes referred to as “Lay Clients”) that provides more detail regarding how the Public Access Scheme works, and shows members of the public how they can use it to instruct barristers directly. You can access this here.

Is my case suitable under the Public Access Scheme?

If you are unsure as to whether your case is suitable, you can contact the clerks at Six Pump Court to discuss further.

You can also visit the Bar Standards Board website which has a useful document outlining the scheme for clients. To access this click here

The BSB also publish guidance for members of the public that provides more detail regarding how the Public Access Scheme works, and shows members of the public how they can use it to instruct barristers directly. You can access this here.

How do I instruct a barrister at Six Pump Court?

In the first instance contact the clerks with your enquiry or complete our Enquiry Form

Our Public Access barristers

Barristers at Six Pump Court Chambers that are qualified to accept direct instructions under the Public Access Scheme are:-

Stephen Hockman QC
Richard Barraclough QC
Oliver Saxby QC
William Upton QC
Megan Thomas QC
Grant Armstrong
Anne Williams
Nicholas Baldock
Gordon Wignall
Brendon Moorhouse
Ian Thomas
Danny Moore
Pascal Bates
Peter Alcock
Tanya Robinson
Gordon Menzies
David Hercock
Stuart Jessop
Noemi Byrd
Grace Cullen
Isabella Crowdy
Kieran Brand
Ian Rees Phillips
Angelica Rokad
Mark Davies